Are You Ready For The President To Control Your Intellectual Property? – Off the Mark

Are You Ready For The President To Control Your Intellectual Property?

Today on LegalPOP we’re talking politics….

Currently, the House of Judiciary Committee, (committee responsible for overseeing the administration of justice within the federal courts, admin agencies, and Federal law enforcement entities) is considering The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017. I know, I know sounds like boring stuff but trust me you're going to want to keep reading. If passed, the bill would essentially remove the power of the Librarian of Congress to appoint the Register of Copyrights and investing that power to the President. That's right, 45 could potentially control your business's most valuable assets. Its copyrights.

Can you imagine 45 with that type of authority? My eldest says: really, his tiny hands can’t handle the responsibilities he already has.

What's A Register of Copyrights?

But seriously, let’s look at this. The Register of Copyrights is the director of the U.S. Copyright Office. This person is responsible for assisting in creating policies and procedures for the U.S. Copyright Office and more importantly assisting in creating the standards for registering copyrights. The Librarian of Congress has appointed the Register position since 1897. 1897. 120 years.

I acknowledge that our current copyright laws are outdated, as they haven’t had any major overhaul since 1976, but have we considered the ramifications of handing (pun intended) this responsibility over to 45?

Although the bill proposes to grant the President the authority to appoint a Register to a ten- year term, 45 can fire and reappoint a new Register at his leisure.

Also, keep in mind that as of February 45 still had 515 out of 549 positions to fill. The Register position is currently unfilled, although the Librarian of Congress has begun a search to fill the position. If this bill is passed, the process will start all over and the Register position will remain empty indefinitely.

Bottom Line

There are a number of artist and actors that have publicly spoken out against 45. Given his bully-like tendencies, one would not be surprised if he took advantage of his position by appointing someone willing to create policies and procedures to enforce his pettiness. With this being said, keep in mind that copyrights, a form of intellectual property, are assets. Just as you’re keeping an eye on 45’s actions and their effect on the stock market you should do the same as it relates to future copyright policies as they can potentially affect your bottom line as a business owner or artist.

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